Matís’ employees are involved in an extensive research project between Scandinavia and Canada where the goal is to increase the quality of fry produced in the farming of cod.
The project is funded by Canadian members and the Nordic part by the ‘NORA Nordisk Atlantsamarbejde’ fund. Icelanders working on the project include Rannveig Bjornsdottir from Matís and the University of Akureyri, Ragnar Johannsson, Anna Kristin Danielsdottir and other members of Matís, and Agnar Steinarsson at the Marine Research Institute.
Iceland, Scandinavia and Canada all have high hopes for the farming of cod. In Iceland Matis has approached research projects in cod farming with individuals who have worked with this young branch of research and built up an understanding of various elements of farming within Matís. A large part of this research has been done under Rannveig Bjornsdottir at Matís’ offices in Akureyri. Rannveig and her group have placed a heavy emphasis on research into the first stages of farming, i.e. the larval stage, where the most losses occur.
In the COD-Atlantic project the larval stage is being investigated specially. The goal is to gain a better understanding of how the composition of feed affects the growth of the cod larva and their health. In other words the question being asked is ‘what composition of feed delivers the most living larvae?’ Another element of the COD-Atlantic project is to boost the growth rate of the farmed cod through the optimization of the feed. It is vital to the development of cod farming to first gain an understanding of the larger elements that affect the profitability of the farming. Both the right composition of fodder and minimal death of fry are of great importance.